Nov 18, 2012 8:00am PST
know will ask me, president obama, during his first term, chose not to visit israel permanenty, in his capacity as president. he is on an asian tour right now, talking a lot about economics and the economies -- he was in thailand this morning. should he be in the region right now? >> maybe not in the region right now because the negotiations that are going on would just be distracted by the president being on the ground out there. but he certainly needs to make a trip out to the region. he needs to make a trip to israel and to some of the other countries, like jordan in the region, to reassure the people that we are indeed engaged and will be engaged in the future. >> jamie: all right. ambassador, thank you very much for being with us. i appreciate your insight on it. i am sure, like us, you must be hearing from people in the region who are gravely concerned, right? >> absolutely. on botheds. people are very, very nervous. they don't want to see a war. everybody loses in a war. there has to be a way out of this. >> jamie: i hope so, sir. nice to meet you. thank you, ambassador walker.